• Commercial crabber Mal Luebkert holds a block of Organobait synthetic bait on his boat on the Great Wicomico river in Heathsville, Va., Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Fisheries for lobsters and crabs have grappling with a shortage of bait that synthetic bait may help with. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Goodbye, herring? Biotech bait gives lobstermen alternative

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Lobster and crab fishermen have baited traps with dead herring for generations, but an effort to find a synthetic substitute for forage fish is nearing fruition just as the little fish are in short supply, threatening livelihoods in a lucrative industry.

  • Development robs Panthers fans of prime parking spaces

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An uptown development boom means fans of the Carolina Panthers will need to reverse field to find parking and tailgating space in uptown Charlotte during the upcoming season.

  • In this Dec. 26, 2014, file photo, former University of Illinois head coach Tim Beckman watches from the sidelines during an NCAA college football game in Dallas. Former Illinois coach Beckman is working as a volunteer assistant at No. 22 North Carolina. UNC team spokesman Kevin Best said Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in an email to The Associated Press that Beckman was working as a defensive coach. Illinois fired Beckman a week before the 2015 opener after a law firm hired by the university concluded he interfered in player medical decisions and pressured players to play through injuries.  (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

    Ex-Illini coach Beckman out as volunteer assistant at UNC

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former Illinois head coach Tim Beckman will no longer serve as a volunteer assistant with No. 22 North Carolina.

  • Millman upsets top-seeded Gasquet at Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — John Millman upset top-seeded Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-3 in the Winston-Salem Open quarterfinals Thursday.

  • University of Vermont axes North Carolina game over LGBT law

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont has canceled its women’s basketball team’s upcoming game in North Carolina over a state law that governs transgender bathroom access.

  • In this Jan. 21. 2016, file photo, Hendrick Motorsports team owner Rick Hendrick , center, poses with his drivers from left to right, Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne during the NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour in Charlotte, N.C. Keeping a dynasty seems even more challenging than creating one. Just ask Hall of Fame car owner Rick Hendrick.  The NASCAR titan has fielded 11 Sprint Cup champions over the past 21 years, won 242 Sprint Cup races and just two seasons ago had all four of his star drivers_ Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne _ in the 16-team championship chase. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss at least 2 more races

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not been cleared by doctors to return to racing and will miss at least two more races — at Michigan and Darlington — as he recovers from a concussion.

  • Rivera confident DT Kawann Short will get long-term deal

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Coach Ron Rivera says defensive tackle Kawann Short is “too important a player” for the Panthers not to sign him to a long-term contract.

  • New coach Montgomery settles in at East Carolina

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — First-year ECU coach Scottie Montgomery isn’t trying to turn the Pirates into Duke East.

  • In this Dec. 26, 2014, file photo, former University of Illinois head coach Tim Beckman watches from the sidelines during an NCAA college football game in Dallas. Former Illinois coach Beckman is working as a volunteer assistant at No. 22 North Carolina. UNC team spokesman Kevin Best said Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in an email to The Associated Press that Beckman was working as a defensive coach. Illinois fired Beckman a week before the 2015 opener after a law firm hired by the university concluded he interfered in player medical decisions and pressured players to play through injuries.  (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

    Ex-Illinois coach working at UNC as volunteer assistant

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Former Illinois coach Tim Beckman is working as a volunteer assistant with No. 22 North Carolina’s defense.

  • Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, arrives with his civilian attorney, Eugene Fidell, for a legal hearing at the courtroom on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, on Fort Bragg, N.C. Bergdahl, who disappeared in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years, is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. (Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)

    Top general scheduled to testify at Bergdahl hearing

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A top Army general is scheduled to testify Wednesday about why he destroyed letters he received from supporters and critics of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.